Kekova Island - Islands
Kekova (Lycian language: Dolichiste) is a small, rocky island off the coast of Kaleköy and Üçağız near Demre district of Antalya province. The sources are often referred to as "Kakava". The area is 4.5 km² but nobody lives on this island. The island has hostels and cafes and is accessible by boat.
After the Italian occupation of the island on which countries would belong to no agreement between Turkey and Italy for a while, then left to deal with Turkey on the island in 1932.
On the northern side, sunken remains from the ancient city of Dolkisthe, which was destroyed by earthquakes in the second century. Kekova was re-established and developed during the Byzantine period, but its development could not continue due to Arab invasions.
Kekova and its environs were declared as a protected area by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry on 18 June 1990. Although it was decided that all swim and dives should be made with special permission by the government, in the following years this prohibition was abolished for places other than historical wrecks.
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